Merry Wives of Windsor: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. Slender speaking about Anne Page.

    "She has brown hair, and speaks small like a woman." Act 1, scene 1

  2. Slender speaks to Shallow, regarding his prospective marriage to Anne Page.

    "I will marry her, sir, at your request: but if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married." Act 1, scene 1

  3. Mistress Quickly, speaking about the bad English of Dr. Caius.

    "Here will be an old abusing of God's patience and the King's English." Act 1, scene 4

  4. Pistol speaks to Falstaff after Falstaff refuses to lend him money.

    "Why, then the world's mine oyster,
    Which I with sword will open." Act 2, scene 2

  5. Ford to Falstaff when he is about to offer Falstaff money to seduce Mrs. Ford.

    "If money go before, all ways do lie open." Act 2, scene 2

  6. Anne Page speaking of Slender, her father's choice of husband for her.

    "O, what a world of vile ill-favour'd faults
    Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!" Act 3, scene 4
     

  7. Falstaff's reflections on being dumped into the Thames in a dirty linen basket.

    "If I be served such another trick, I'll have my brains ta'en out, and buttered, and give them to a dog for a new year's gift." Act 3, scene 5

  8. Falstaff, still reflecting on his ducking, referring to his great physical bulk.

    "I have a kind of alacrity in sinking." Act 3, scene 5

  9. Falstaff hopes for good luck on his third attempt to seduce Mrs. Ford.

    "This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers. . . . There is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance or death." Act 5, scene 1

  10. In Windsor Park, Falstaff finally realizes that he is the victim of a trick.

    "I do begin to perceive that I am made into an ass." Act 5, scene 5

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